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Next Big Thing (NBT) is a Berlin-based IoT and blockchain company builder designing successful ventures. With tech and business acumen, NBT promotes entrepreneurship, catalyzes innovation for corporate partners, and feeds the growth of Europe’s digital economy. Starting from Germany, we are building the digital future – one company at a time.


As an operational VC, NBT integrally supports ventures and paves the way for new, democratic ways to finance high-tech innovation. We provide an innovation toolkit, mentorship to entrepreneurs and startups, engineering knowhow, and smart financing. Our venture track record stems from quickly putting learnings into practice. With clear focus on decentralization and security, we lay the foundation for a future of trustworthy high-quality data, automation through smart contracts, and sensors which enhance communication across connected devices – improving human lives.


As Germany’s Digital Hub for IoT, we leverage our strategic network of investors, business partners, policy-makers, startups, and German SMEs to make entrepreneurship more accessible and translate new technologies into value. We shape the future of IoT and blockchain technology by building services and products on top, and by combining new approaches to business modeling. Based in the heart of Europe, we drive pragmatic, technology-based solutions which benefit stakeholders across industries.

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NBT in the Press

Following Relayr, the founder starts new projects

After selling Relayr, Harald Zapp founded the company builder, Next Big Thing AG. Now he fosters the development of the next blockchain-based "Killer-Application - made in Germany." Keep your eye on METR and Weeve. (Full article in German.)

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Munich Re buys relayr in a $300M deal

The group bought the startup in a deal set to benefit both parties. relayr helps industry players to unlock data insights across their production line. Munich Re counts on the acquisition to “implement our global strategy to develop new IoT solutions for [their] clients”.

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NBT and Weeve on Ethereum scaling issues

Developers at NBT have proposed solutions: the venture Weeve is developing a blockchain based solution that is secure and allows private data transmission within the IoT.

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